saint Fulbert of Chartres ?
eminent person whom Chartres may be pride of. Well
known savant, extraordinary builder, he has been the foreman of the
reconstruction of the cathedral after the gigantic fire that
destroyed the cathedral on September 7th 1020.
profane sciences he was a politician in the modern sense who was in
permanent contacts with the great of this world at this time.
origins and his life :
contrary of his predecessors and followers, all from noble ascent,
he was born in a poor family, as he used to say about himself, but
he never said where nor a word about his youth.
proof of his passage in Reims in 984, during his time with
Archbishop Gerbert d'Aurillac, the future Pope Sylvester II.
Chartres, he will teach during 20 years prior to be named Bishop of
this town at the age of 50. He
will die on April 10th 1028. Since April 10th 1861, the Church
celebrate saint Fulbert at this date.
theology but also sociology, grammar, rhetoric, dialectic,
arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, medicine, music and even the use
and handling of the astrolabe. His
nick name among his fellows is "Venerable Socrates of the
Academy of Chartres"
that mankind had received the divine mark the day of birth. Faith
made him a Christian but life remained a struggle. This
was an extremely modern theory at the time which left freedom to
mankind in front of his creator. He
had a definite spiritual devotion centered on the Blessed Virgin
Mary. Among the 128
important letters from him that reach us, the first one is a clear
and precise explanation about three points of the dogma, the mystery
of the Trinity, the nature of the Baptisms and the Eucharist.
It is interesting to note that he
wrote an important treaty regarding the Jews.
the 1020 fire that destroyed the cathedral, his charism enable him
to obtain support not only from ordinary people but also from the
great of the world at the time, including from pagans sovereigns
such as Knut, king of Denmark et England. At
last, he publicly condemns the Bishops who "bear arms",
remembering them their duty of Charity. The
School of Chartres that he created will survive him 20 years to
leave the place to the Paris Sorbonne. L'homme
le plus éminent dont Chartres peut se glorifier. Savant de renom,
extraordinaire bâtisseur, il fut
le maître d'oeuvre de la reconstruction de la cathédrale, après
l'incendie du 7 septembre 1020. Enseignant en sciences profanes, il
fut un homme politique au sens moderne, qui entretint des rapports
suivis avec les grands et les puissants de cette époque.